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Suggestions and Requests / Code Engineering Automation
« on: May 19, 2004, 01:52:35 am »
Especially for use in automated environments.

Being able to automate the code engineering dialog would provide a significant step forward in syncronising changes across a development project.

Hmmm - could import my test classes as well...

There are a number of lists of "correct" values spread through the system.

I've just come a cropper again (as usual!) populating the Direction attribute of a connector. I started with the values I read in the help file, but I need to use the exact(?) text.

Having enums or published indexes for stereotypes, element types etc. would really improve the code quality.

Thanks in advance!


General Board / Unicode Install
« on: March 31, 2004, 07:35:08 am »
What should I consider when deciding whether to install the "standard" build or the uniode supporting build?

Does it "just" provide extra character support for comments and names etc. - Vital for non-english speakers, but just doubling the database size for the rest of us.


Does it have a very immediate impact on forward or backward engineering. Do I have to use the unicode version to engineer a unicode based Oracle database (say). If I use the Unicode EA will it still work with non-unicode targets?

Many thanks


General Board / Help File Update
« on: March 30, 2004, 02:16:37 am »
I notice the help file haas had a refresh today.

Anyone at Sparx like to give us a few clues about what's changed. A cursory skim has failed to spot any differences.

General Board / Upgrade to Shared SQL Server Repository
« on: December 04, 2003, 07:59:45 am »
Having used EA for a year or so (Professional version) I've recently persuaded the dept. to adopt as a standard. Company has decided to buy the corporate version to support sharing of repository.

I must have forgotten something during install of database on server. I'm able to complete a Data Transfer to the database, but I can't connect to it afterwards. When I try to connect to the database model, my connection checks out; I enter details for Connection Name and Type; But when I attempt to Open  - EA crashes.

Also when I try to create a new model I am only prompted to create a file based model, not a db version.

I uninstalled my previous copy of EA before installing a fresh full install (just downloaded from the Corporate area)

Also - Am I going to have to create a new database for each model (for each user)? - most users are without SQL server experience so this job is likely to land on my plate...

Uml Process / Model Change Management
« on: March 03, 2004, 08:03:00 am »
I have a complete model of my system, typical n-tier browser viewed system.

I receive a change request from the business to alter some aspect.

I can model a revised version of the system.

How does the panel manage the change within the (overall) model?
I'm clearly going to want to retain the previous set of artifacts, and the new set - with a bit of context so I know why the change was made. Anyone got any ideas about how to merge by change set of objects into the base design?


Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Element Automation
« on: March 17, 2004, 01:47:01 am »
To add new Element's through the automation interface it is neecessary to supply a type (string).
Is there an enum of permitted types or does the string just get stored regardless?

Whilst we might all make suggestions about improving and extending the help file, there is a small omission in the Element documentation.

The Connectors collection is missing - but is refered to and used in the Connectors example

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Source Code Automation
« on: March 22, 2004, 05:18:21 am »
Is it possible to import the source code, so that it will display in the source code window.

I'd like to import actual source for those "classes" that can't be code engineered

Automation Interface, Add-Ins and Tools / Automation for Dependencies
« on: February 19, 2004, 03:17:48 am »
I'm writing a utility to maintain the spec's for the views, stored procedures and potentially other objects of my data layer (SQL Server) within the "Deployment Model" for a system.

I have imported the table details by hand through the GUI, but will now want to maintain the information in a similar fashion.

For my initial stab at modelling (make that recording) a stored procedure I have created a class and included the appropriate procedure parameters etc.

To model the dependencies (in this case a table) I dragged the sp class onto a diagram and ctrl-dragged the relevent table class (held within another package), selecting to paste the element as a simple link. Then added a dependency connector, filled out the parameters etc. I think I can automate these operations...

This leads to the questions.

1. One for the jury - Does this seem a reasonable way to model sp's?

2. I have a diagram that displays the first-order dependencies. But is a diagram per database object a bit heavy? I'm anticipating drawing in dependencies between middle and presentation tiers also so there could be a lot of diagrams. Has anyone got any good pointers to diagram layout algorithms?

3. I don't see anything in my relationdship matrix. What have I missed?

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